See Santa Claus and Mayor Jim Gray light a Christmas Tree
When Thanksgiving dinner has been eaten and Black Friday shopping is done, it’s time to light up downtown Lexington for the holidays. Luminate Lexington, the annual tree lighting ceremony and festival is 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Triangle Park. Things get going with children’s activities, carols, and of course ice skating in the ice rink. Then 6:30 is the time to light the city’s Christmas tree at the corner of Main Street and Broadway. There are charges for some activities, such as ice skating, but admission to the festivities is free. Visit bit.ly/2FsFWo6 for more information.
Let the songs begin
The Lexington Chamber Chorale wastes no time getting the holiday arts season started, presenting “A Season for Singing: Songs of Celebration & Joy” at 5 p.m. Sunday at Second Presbyterian Church, 460 East Main Street. The program includes Medieval carols, international songs and a few contemporary works celebrating the Christmas season. Tickets for the concert are $22 general admission, $16 each for groups of six or more, and $10 students. Visit lexingtonchamberchorale.org for tickets or call 859-317-3353 for more information.
Meet the UK freshman who’s published 3 books
Northern Kentucky native Lauren Hudson is a University of Kentucky freshman majoring in neuroscience, but she also has three books out, including two young adult novels in a planned trilogy. From 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, she will be signing the second book in the series, “The Deception,” at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 161 Lexington Green Circle.
‘’Crack’ early and often
“Nutcracker” fans, your wait is over. The first performance of the classic holiday ballet comes to The Bluegrass at the Lancaster Grand Theatre, 117 Lexington Street in Lancaster, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. This production comes to us via the Rudolf Nureyev State Ballet of Odessa, Ukraine, so we’re getting pretty close to the source of the Tchaikovsky masterwork there. Tickets are $20 to $35 and available at lancastergrand.com or by calling 859-583-1716.
If you can’t make this Nutcracker, there are others coming up, including the Lexington Ballet at the Opera House Dec. 14 to 23.
C-A-T-S, cats, Cats CATS!
We are still early in the college basketball season when some smaller-school teams get to come play in Rupp Arena ... and get stomped by Coach Cal and the University of Kentucky Wildcats. It’s also the time in the season when good seats are more readily available. This weekend’s victi .... uh ... guest is the Tigers of Tennessee State University, who tip off against Kentucky at 7 p.m. Friday in Rupp Arena, 431 West Vine Street. Tickets are $30 to $63 and available at rupparena.com or by calling 859-233-3535.